New Scottish Procurement Policy Note: Preparing to transition towards a National Care Service for Scotland (7/2021)
Scottish Procurement has issued a new Scottish Government Policy Note 7/2021 to advise public bodies involved in the commissioning and procurement of social care services of the action they can take to prepare for the transition towards a National Care Service for Scotland (NCS).
Commissioning and procurement decisions being taken now can support the transition towards a National Care Service for Scotland. Public bodies should therefore:
- Review current Strategic Commissioning Plans to identify opportunities for alignment with ethical commissioning and procurement principals
- Consider the impact of decisions on resources and the social care market to enable our collective focus on implementation and consider the use of contract extensions or modifications where feasible
- Maximise opportunities in new procurement decisions to introduce ethical procurement principles and use the flexibility of the Light Touch Regime
The Scottish Government conducted a survey which included proposals to change responsibilities for the commissioning and procurement of social care services.
Commissioning and procurement decisions being taken now impact on:
- People who use care services
- Providers’ ability to respond to ethical commissioning and procurement requirements
- Public bodies’ to fully engage in the new and changing responsibilities for a National Care Service, for example by over committing resources on legacy projects
SPPN 7/2021 can be read in full on the Scottish Government website.
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